Hamilton Co. Sheriff's office confirms missing woman found dead in Meigs County

Nearly a week after 83-year-old Geneva Atkins went missing, there's still no sign of her. (Images from family, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

UPDATE (Monday night):

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says the body of Geneva Atkins has been found nearly a week after she went missing.

The sheriff's office released the following statement Monday night:

"The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office regrets to inform the community that Mrs. Geneva Atkins, who was reported missing on Tuesday, April 16th, was found earlier tonight in Meigs County deceased at approximately 8:15 pm. HCSO personnel located Mrs. Atkins.

Mrs. Atkins vehicle was located North of Decatur, Tennessee, near the 22000 block of Highway 58. Initial findings shows her vehicle left roadway, crossed a field, and came to rest approximately 200 yards away from the road after striking a wooded tree line.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is Investigating the incident. Any details regarding the crash or or what caused the crash should be directed to the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP).

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the community and the local media for their assistance in helping to locate Mrs. Atkins.

The men and women of the HCSO would also like to offer our thoughts and prayers to the family of Mrs. Atkins during this difficult time."

Depend on us to update our story as we learn more.


Nearly a week after 83-year-old Geneva Atkins went missing, there's still no sign of her.

"The update... is we haven't found her," said Geneva's daughter Tonya Campbell in a Facebook live video Saturday.

A desperate plea in the search for a wife, mother, and friend.

"I'm making a plea to everyone in the Chattanooga area to please be on the lookout for her," says Campbell.

Geneva Atkins went missing on Tuesday, April 16. She has dementia and type-two diabetes making the search that much more urgent.

Family members say Geneva was last seen driving on Harrison-Ooltewah Road on Tuesday, and she never showed up to her destination.

On Saturday, members of the community handed out flyers picking different locations to search.

Now, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says it's an on going effort from them as well.

"Miss Atkins and her vehicle have been entered into the NCIC as missing and endangered," says HCSO lieutenant Chris Harvey.

Authorities say they're using every tool available to them. "TBI aviation unit and the sheriff's office have flown Highway 58 north, Decatur Tennessee, HWY 60 in Rhea County," said a sheriff's office spokesperson.

Holding back tears, Terry Hanner describes his grandmother as a sweet woman who was always there for him as a child.

"She would give her will to make sure everything is right," says Terry.

He says he and the rest of his family just want to make sure she's okay.

"We just want her back," he says.

If you have any information contact, the HCSO at 423-622-0022.

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